Metal Enrichment in the Early Galactic Halo

Дата и время публикации : 1999-05-20T06:44:18Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
C. Ikuta (Institute of Astronomy, U. of Tokyo)
N. Arimoto (Institute of Astronomy, U. of Tokyo)

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Коментарии к статье: 14 pages, 10 figures, accepted for publication in PASJ
Первичная категория: astro-ph

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Краткий обзор статьи: An early history of metal enrichment in the Galactic halo is studied. We investigate chemical inhomogeneity by using a stochastic chemical evolution model. The model confronts with metallicity distribution function of long-lived halo stars which is found to be a clue to obtain the best model prescriptions. We find that the star formation in the halo virtually terminated by around 1 Gyr and that the halo has never been chemically homogeneous in its star formation history. This conclusion does not depend whether mass loss from the halo is taken into account or not. Observed ratios of alpha-elements with respect to iron do not show scatters on a [alpha/Fe]-[Fe/H] plane, but this does not imply that interstellar matter in the halo was homogeneous because a chemical evolution path on this diagram is degenerate in the star formation rate. On the other hand, apparent spread of [Sr/Fe] ratio among metal-poor halo stars does not reflect an inhomogeneous metal enrichment, instead it is due to a sharp increase in a production rate of strontium that is probably synthesised in slightly less massive stars than progenitor of iron-producing SNII.

Category: Physics